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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium Arena on 1982-12-31

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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium Arena on 1982-12-31

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Cold Rain & Snow, CC Rider***, Cumberland Blues, Far From Me-> Cassidy, Ramble On Rose, Looks Like Rain, Day Job Sugar Magnolia-> Sugaree-> Women Are Smarter, Ship of Fools, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away**-> Deal**-> Sunshine Daydream** Turn On Your Love Light*-> Tell Mama*, Baby What You Want Me To Do*, Hard To Handle*, Midnight Hour*, E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Oakland Auditorium Arena
Location Oakland, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Charlie Miller and Keith Bode


Third set with Etta James and Tower of Power.

Slight skip at 00:50 of "Day Job".

Midnight noise with Orchestra over beginning of "Sugar Magnolia".


Reviewer: Zatharas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2014
Subject: Were u There?
If now why criticize ?
Every show that these GRATE folks so spent their time & energy to save LIVE Moments In Time of history is the most important...

Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2014
Subject: Killing me with those horns
Ugh, do they have to have those goddamned horns again? The last songs in the 2nd set sound like a damned awful marching band. Thankfully they only did this for a special occasion. Just bloody freaking awful sound.
Reviewer: A Crist - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2011
Subject: NYE
"Holy **** look at all those balloons"
Reviewer: Augy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2010
Subject: Rehearsal: temporary crew bonus fun!
Well not quite like the year before but thats' very stiff competition, certainly better than some of the subsequent years! Nevertheless, a pretty good show(s); meaning since they also had the same guests on the 30th as well, as they also did the year before.
The only time (besides the day before) I ever got to watch Grateful Dead rehearse! Being on the temporary crew to work for my admittance. Even though I had tickets for all of them prior to my arrival, I sold mine as a result, but for previous year that's a better story! (I didn't blow any of those, as Weir exclaimed, too many balloons, at least too many, the previous year; as I had done at most of the previous year's end shows before this year.
In this case, the Tower of Power horn section were warming up with almost all of Grateful Dead. But who was missing you ask? Ah but alas, after nagging & begging finally Garcia gave in and put aside his somewhat arrogant attitude that these tune were easy enough. I can't recall what precisely he said, since he wasn't mic'd but I was close enough to get him mumble something to that effect: (which seems plausible) that he could probably play despite the absent performance since '71 or so, Lovelight, Hard to Handle or even the Etta James' tunes, etc. in his sleep; certainly he conveyed that attitude!
So eventually they were all out here warming up with the horns while we on the miscellaneous assistance crew were lucky enough to watch without, at least for me, any imposition on what we (I) were (was) asked to do! (Of course to you, it doesn't matter but frankly for this particular year I can't remember exactly what that was since for the previous year my task had such an extremely fortunate surprise involved so it I remember it instead so vividly).

Anyway, like Etta James said, "the baddest American Blues Band,.. when you here the Grateful Dead you here the blues...where'd you get a name like that anyhow(way) ?"


San Diego
Reviewer: TaperTony - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2009
Subject: Etta James on NYE
Well, the stale bagel courtesy of BG was a little chewy at 4 am, but this was a fun final NYE at the Auditorium. The Etta James is way cool. As someone backstage told me after, "Get a old colored lady f*ck*d up and you never know what's going to happen!" Wouldn't have missed it for the world!
Reviewer: JurassicBlueberries - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2008
Subject: Bill Graham Rides the Giant Mushroom
Brown bag with a bagel, butter, and a Bananna for Breakfast @ concerts end. Thanks Uncle BoBo !
Reviewer: JerryInaPouch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2008
Subject: Cassidy is above average
well I don't rate shows very often- but I had to chime in. This is hardly a 5 star show- I'd say three and a half so four stars (people on here have a habit of over-rating shows)

((you want a TRUE 5 star show? Try 3-1-69)) I DARE you to find even ONE thing wrong with that show (except MAYBE the encore) but it's still better than Weight or

Peace all you dirty hippies! (j/k - I say w./ love)

show: 3.5 stars
sound: 4.5 stars
energy: 4 stars
overall: 4 stars
Reviewer: deadhead82 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2007
Subject: Great Find
Listened to this one a few times now, great show. The last set with Etta James and the Tower of Power is a must-listen

This one has special meaning, as I was born on 1982-12-31... I was around 10 hours old when all this was happening! I'm glad the boys were on fire that night! I'd have loved to see it in person.
Reviewer: Purple Gel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2006
Subject: Happy New Year
While this show does not live up to the New Years Eve of the year before, it does have some great moments and Music making. Seeing the boys with Etta was awesome, and I love that she says that The dead are the best blues band. First set was solid and the second set started great but kinda fizzled after NFA, and the third set is a must have for collectors.

The wierd sound effects at the beginning of Sugar Mag was the end of the New Years Countdown. Uncle Bobo was riding a large psychedelic mushroom was once again dressed as Father Time and he was throwing joints into the crowd. As the mushroom made its way through the crowd the countdown was accompanied by the classical music, which was not turned off until the first few bars of Sugar Mag had started.
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavorite - June 26, 2006
Subject: Sugar Magnolia
There are some incredibly weird sound effects (non-grateful dead) at the beginning of Sugar Magnolia. What is that?
Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2006
Subject: Happytrails, You're Killing Me !!!
Jez, a good AUD out there. Ahhmmmm Dahyyyyin! You gotta get it to somebody to upload if you still have it. God I love Etta and those horns. With ambience - that would be KILLER!
Reviewer: hjl1450 - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2006
Subject: Alright, 1982
Strange trip, end of '82. Hanging out in Oakland with Karen and Bill. Finding my head and feeling like I wished my hair was longer...kept the beret on and waited for hours at the end of the show to retrieve my jacket. Finally got back to cold Mission Street across the Bay and ended up crawling into foggy Haight after 3:00 am, sad, tired, out of place. Wish I had enjoyed the night and music more....another Dead night in the historical circa.
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2006
Subject: Pretty good show
I am just up to the Sugaree, but have enjoyed this show today- I l ove what Bobby says at the end of the first verse of Sugar Mag- "Holy Fuck, Look at all those balloons"

Very interesting.
Reviewer: boobychew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2005
Subject: Perfect
maybe a little too much treble, but crystal the songs with Etta James. In Rock Scully's book he talks about how she barely made it to the gig as they sent a limo for her, she barely knew who they were, when she arrived of course, they are all tripping, and after it was over she says man that boy who looks funny sure can play guitar!! matt kelly turns it loose...gets the boys back to their roots, blues...great CC Rider
Reviewer: Sponge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: Great but the boys were tired
God we waited so long for the tickets ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ finally Bill Graham came out with the tickets.... wow we were in! All the other posts are right on, there was so much going on it was bigger then the band. My favorites were "Baby what you want me to do?" Clearly ol' Etta had never seen anything like us ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ a bunch of crazies groovin like there was no tomorrow.
Reviewer: PUFFtronica - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2005
Subject: Gonna Wait 'Til The Midnight Hour !!!!!!!!!
Awesome show, good clean sound and I love the set list. Mama I'm sure hard to handle! Great show. Must have show A++++
Reviewer: Crazy Fingers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2004
Subject: back when you got your money's worth...
Have to agree with happytrails that, although this is a nice, clean sounding SBD, Garcia's guitar gets kind of lost in the mix. This is especially noticeable during the excellent jam into 'NFA'; both Jerry's fluid solo and Cipollina's psychedelic whammy-bar effects are not nearly as prominent as on the fragment of this show that was in circulation in the Bay Area back in the 80's. Here's hoping another version of this uneven but very interesting show turns up.

The show as a whole was a gas. As an entire evening's entertainment, it beats any other New Year's show I attended personally. Batucaje were fun. The Dinosaurs, always entertaining, were really on. Better than the Dead, actually. Nicky Hopkins sat in on piano, and Country Joe sang 'Save the Whales' wearing some kind of turban and a lot of eye-makeup, or so it seemed from about 20 feet in front of the board. The song went over really well. I also remember thinking that 'Promontory Rider' sounded really good that night; as a general rule, I'm not that big a fan of Robert Hunter as a performer, but his over-emoting didn't really stand out quite so much in a band with so many other powerful personalities. The whole Dinosaurs' set was a great performance by a Bay Area favorite, and a tape of it would be extremely welcome.

The Dead, admittedly, had an up and down night. The 'Cold Rain' opener got things off to an energetic start, and Bill Graham emerging from a giant mushroom was fun, but the 'Space' into 'NFA' was really the musical high point of the evening, as far as I'm concerned. It's too bad you can't hear Garcia and Cipollina better on this SBD. This was pretty much the end of the line for 'NFA' out of 'Space', as they had recently started pairing it with 'Throwing Stones', a duo that rapidly became formulaic. The set-list and guests for the third set sort of speak for themselves. Since I was outside waiting in line for New Years tickets during the show on the 30th, I didn't have a clue what was in store. So the presence of Etta James and Tower of Power was a real surprise. From where I was standing, though, the horns sort of drowned everybody else out.

All in all, a good, long, varied evening of music, although not a historic performance by the Dead.
Reviewer: happytrails - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2004
Subject: Is there a better copy?
I love this third set, but I had a much warmer tape, with audience, and NO dropouts. Its really a shame because Jerry is on Fire for this set and his guitar is often lost in this mix. I saw that the Pre-FM is out there on etree's list. I'm pretty sure that's the better mix. Here's hoping it'll show up.
Reviewer: RICHS - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2004
Subject: disc 3.......
pure blues....A MUST LISTEN DISC
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